Ginko tree

Ginkgo trees around town will soon reach their fall col­or peak, and you don’t want to miss out on this eye-pop­ping spec­ta­cle. Clothed in radi­ant, gold­en splen­dor, Ginkgoes are hard to miss when they reach max­i­mum incan­des­cence, which will like­ly occur with­in the next week.

Some real­ly big spec­i­mens live on or near Boone Avenue. Take a walk or a dri­ve, and you’ll see what I mean. There’s one on the lawn of the Clark County Public Library, and they’re crop­ping up in yards through­out the community.

But hur­ry — the show won’t last long once it gets under­way. When one Ginkgo leaf falls, they all fol­low suit. Within an hour or two, even the most mas­sive Ginkgo can shed its mul­ti­tude of leaves into a bright, glow­ing pud­dle. If you’ve got the time and incli­na­tion to watch, this steady rain of leaves is a sight to behold in its own right.

Ancient, mys­ti­cal beau­ties, Ginkgo bilo­ba species have graced our blue plan­et for at least 150 mil­lion years. They are some­times called Maidenhair Tree because each fan-shaped leaf resem­bles a flow­ing ponytail.

Ginkgoes aren’t native to Kentucky, but we shouldn’t hold that against them. They are beau­ti­ful in every sea­son, grow at a slow-to-mod­er­ate pace, and aren’t sus­cep­ti­ble to dis­eases or insects. In addi­tion to being gor­geous, Ginkgoes are believed to have med­i­c­i­nal qual­i­ties. Their extracts have been used for cen­turies to treat numer­ous ail­ments, includ­ing most notably in recent years, mem­o­ry loss.

Let’s nev­er for­get that we are sur­round­ed by beau­ty. We just need to notice it. Go out­side. Look around. It’s autumn in Winchester, and the Ginkgoes are glorious.

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    Adra Fisher grew up in Winchester, moved away in her ear­ly 20s and returned a quar­ter of a cen­tu­ry lat­er. She enjoys all types of art and encour­ag­ing oth­ers to live creatively.